Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Jan 2014

UCF QB Blake Bortles vs. South Carolina

Last year, I broached the topic of comparing a quarterback prospect – E.J. Manuel – to a half a glass of water. Some saw the Bills quarterback as half-full, others half-empty.

Blake Bortles is also one of those “glasses of water” in this year’s 2014 quarterback class. The 6-3, 23o-lb. quarterback has the physical skills of an higher-functioning NFL starter and he flashes the feel and conceptual talent to develop into one.

The Central Florida Golden Knight’s junior season has excited the media and divided the scouts. Is he a top prospect because of what he is and what he could become or is he a developmental project with few guarantees? Read the analysis of Bortles' performance against South Carolina by clicking the link (in the title) to Matt Waldman's RSP blog.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 13 Jan 2014

4 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2014, 12:47pm by CBPodge


by Will Allen :: Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:48pm

I dunno, I saw him play all of one game, that I was half paying attention to, but, in my highly sought-after opinion, he's a big, fast, guy who can put some mustard on the ball, but overall really doesn't throw it tremendously well.

Given the desperation among teams drafting high however, that's probably enough for him to go top 10, and maybe higher.

by Raiderjoe :: Tue, 01/14/2014 - 1:10am

Didnt think he had good touch on his passes bu t only saw one game so not oging to draw any firm conclusions. Like Bridgewater and Manziel and Raiders may drfat one of them if fall.

Is posible B.O. flals in love with Brotels at xombine and pro day. If happeb, then Bridgewate r coyld fall to Raiders.

by CBPodge :: Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:47pm

That was exactly what I was thinking.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:34pm

I haven't watched the guy much, but my thought was, "Wow, that's a really long windup". He moves well, he clearly has loads of arm strength, but Byron Leftwich thinks the guy has a slow release.